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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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26 July, 2010

Annual Sea-blite (Suaeda maritima)

Once you look more closely at the vegetation around the high water mark on salt marshes you start to find some more specialist species growing.

Annual Sea-blite is not much to look at but is a common and much overlooked plant because it does not have nice flowers! In fact, it is just a dull green weed!

However, once the Spartina grass has established and started bring some solidity to the mud so Sea-blite can then establish. Although resistant to salt it tends to grow around high water where it rarely gets covered.

This is a common plant in its chosen environment.